BURNEY: Officials investigating after home destroyed by fire
BURNEY — Officials are investigating after a home was consumed by fire earlier this evening. There have not been any reported injuries related to the blaze, which destroyed the home, leaving it uninhabitable. The destructive fire happened less than half mile from Burney’s Fire Station 17.
Burney Fire Protection District firefighters were dispatched to the home around 7 p.m., after area residents called 911 to report a fully-involved residential structure fire.
Callers told emergency dispatchers that flames and smoke were billowing from the home and flames were threatening surrounding structures and properties.
When fire officials arrived they found an older, wood framed house burning toward the dead-end of Woods Avenue, which runs parallel to Hwy 299/Main Street near Burney’s west side of town.
Despite their efforts, firefighters were not able to save the home, which area residents claim was inhabited by homeless persons and squatters. Firefighters did manage to contain the blaze to the single property, but the residence was considered a total loss.
Firefighters remained at the scene conducting extensive overhaul operations and were still at the home shortly before 10 p.m. There were no reported injuries related to the fire, according to an official at the scene.
The property and home have since been cordoned off with crime scene tape and officials are still working to determine the cause of the fire. Their investigation is active and ongoing.
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